May 20th, 2013 donnahoke


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“The average length of the typical Theatre of Yugen script is around 20 pages. We usually work with plays that focus on one central figure and a secondary figure—so perhaps two or three characters at most—and our plays are distinctly and uniquely visual and musical. Definitely not very dialogue heavy.


When Chiori Miyagawa sent her play, This Lingering Life, to me, it was over 90 pages long, had 27 characters, and was very much dialogue based.  But we liked the script and, within two months, I wrote her saying I would like to meet and discuss the possibility of producing it. She was floored as she didn’t think anyone would ever say yes to such a big play and she was also surprised to hear from me within months of her submission, rather than a few years.


An anomaly perhaps, but these things do happen. We’ll produce the play June 2014.”


My nutshell takeaway: Not much to say about this one–it’s the dream right? Any number of things might have influenced Moore’s decision—timing, a desire to try something different, the subject of the play, certainly the craft of the play—but for playwrights, I think the most important thing to note is that the playwright wrote the play she needed to write and sent it to a theater it might connect with. Those are the two things over which we always have control.


Until next time,


Written by donnahoke


Dramatists Guild Council member and ensemble playwright-in-residence at Road Less Traveled Productions, Kilroys List and award-winning playwright Donna Hoke’s work has been seen in 40 states, and on five continents. Her full-length plays include THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR (Princess Grace semi-finalist, currently in its third year in rep in Romania), SEEDS (Artie award winner for Outstanding New Play), FLOWERS IN THE DESERT (AACT top 20 finalist), SAFE (winner of the Todd McNerney National Playwriting Contest, Naatak National Playwriting Contest, and the 2015 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest), and BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (2016 Kilroys List, Winner HRC Showcase, Firehouse Festival of New American Plays, top ten Woodward/Newman finalist); she’s also authored more than two dozen short plays that have had hundreds of productions. Donna is also a New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; author of Neko and the Twiggets, a children’s book; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. For three consecutive years, she was named Buffalo’s Best Writer by Artvoice, the only woman to ever receive the designation.

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